Closure order on nuisance house

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A HOME in Castleford has been closed down by the courts after a number disturbances and drink-related nuisance.

Wakefield Council and the police have won a property closure order at Wakefield Magistrates Court on a privately-rented house on Pontefract Road, Castleford. The case comes after a similar closure order was granted on a different property in Castleford, last week.

The council’s anti-social behaviour unit, working with Castleford’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, successfully applied to the court for the closure order under the anti-social behaviour act 2003. It allows for closure orders to be used where persistent and serious nuisance or disorder is emanating from specific properties, affecting the lives of other residents.

The property was boarded up immediately after this week’s court hearing and the residents were unable to regain access to the property.

The court heard that since June 2009 the police had received 26 calls, all directly linked to Del Alan Midgely, of Pontefract Road. The reports included disturbances, drink-related and vehicle nuisance, with the situation worsening in recent months.

The landlord of the property had been served with notices requesting that he take action, but as failed to do so, the council and police took the case to court.

The tenant was given an interim anti-social behaviour order at an early hearing to prevent him from intimidating witnesses

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for communities, said closure orders are used as a last resort because they mean that people are losing their homes.

“This resident had been making life a misery for the community for years and we really could not let this go on any longer.

Insp David Bugg, of Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic result for the community who live around this address.”